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Posted: Friday, January 9, 2009 10:00 pm

An appeals court on Thursday upheld the 2005 conviction of a former Lodi fire captain Michael Tecklenburg whom a jury found guilty of possessing child pornography on computers.

In a 28-page published opinion, the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled that there was ample evidence that Tecklenburg, now 47, knowingly possessed the sexually explicit pictures of children.

The images, along with Web site searches for related words, were found on computers at his home, the Lodi fire station where he worked and the Clements fire station where he volunteered.

Some of the same pictures and phrases overlapped on computers in different locations, the appeals court noted in refuting his claim that family members and other firefighters may have searched for the images.

Tecklenburg, a family man and 21-year firefighter with no previous criminal record, was fired by the city of Lodi.

The appeals court's ruling leaves his misdemeanor convictions in place, meaning that he must still register as a sex offender.

Delta board to interview hopefuls in two sessions

The San Joaquin Delta College board next week is interviewing each of the 11 applicants for the open position created by the recent resignation of Lodi-area trustee Maria Elena Serna.

A first round of interviews is set for Jan. 14 starting at 5 p.m. at the Tillie Lewis Theater on the Delta campus. A second round is set for Jan. 15, also starting at 5 p.m. at the theater.

Each applicant will have time to make a statement regarding such items as their fitness as a trustee and goals for the college, followed by a question and answer period.

The interviews will be videotaped by the college and made available for later public review.

Trustees plan to appoint a new trustee at their meeting Jan. 30, said Greg Greenwood, college spokesman.

Open auditions for 'Les Miserables'

If you missed auditions for Lodi's performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

Dreamcoat," you'll soon have a second chance with an even bigger theater production. From the local group that staged "Joseph" comes "Les Miserables." The Broadway musical will feature an entirely local cast - mainly Lodi and Galt residents, as well as a live orchestra and full adult chorus. Director Nicole Warner (of Troupe Cabana studios) says "Les Miserables" will be even bigger than "Joseph."

"Les Miserables" will be sponsored by Valley Performing Arts and Lodi Arts Commission and performed at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 31 and performances will be held the last week of May and first week of June.

Auditions for the show will be held at Troupe Cabana Studios, 1371 E. Pine St. #8, on Jan. 15 and 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Jan. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call backs will be Jan. 24 (lead roles from noon to 5 p.m., dance ensemble from 5 to 7 p.m.). Lead roles are available for all ages and ensemble roles are available for adults only. If you are interested in performing in the adult choir only, contact Eva Wruck at 663-9177. For other information, contact producer Colleen Lindsay at 369-3434.

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